Ethical Will Worksheet

An ethical will is a personal document that you create in order to communicate your values, experiences, and life lessons to your family. By leaving your family with your ethical will, you will be leaving something meaningful behind, so they—and future generations—can learn from you and remember your stories after you are gone.

This worksheet can help you begin writing your ethical will. You can use this worksheet as a source of inspiration, or you can print the form and fill it out.

I am creating my ethical will because:

I want to share my ethical will with:

My Favorite Thin​gs

My favorite place in the world is:

My favorite artists (musicians, painters, actors) are:

My favorite books are:

My favorite movies are:

My favorite foods are:

My favorite sports and teams are:

My hobbies are:

My favorite sayings are:

My Family

The most important thing I learned from my parents is:

The most important thing I learned from my grandparents is:

The most important thing I learned from being a husband/wife is:

The most important thing I learned from my children is:

When I was growing up, these were our traditions:

My favorite story about my mother is:

My favorite story about my father is:

Some things I’d like to share with you about my family when I was growing up are:

My Professional Life

The best job I ever had was:

The worst job I ever had was:

The reason I choose my profession/career was:

If I had it to do over again, I would have become a:

My Experiences

Some of my fondest memories are:

Some of the events that had the greatest impact on my life were:

I am most proud of:

I am most grateful for:

One of the happiest moments of my life was:

The people who have influenced me the most are:

My biggest regret is:

The hardest decision I ever made was:

The most difficult time in my life was:

In difficult times I have found comfort in:

In my life, I was most afraid of:

I would like to ask forgiveness from:

I would like to offer forgiveness to:

My Beliefs and Values

My most fundamental belief is:

My thoughts on religion and faith are:

I believe that God is:

My most valued traditions are:

The causes that have always been important to me are:

For me, success means:

My Hopes for the Future

The values I hope to pass on are:

My wishes for my children are:

My wishes for my grandchildren are:

My wishes for my spouse are:

A mistake in life I hope you can avoid is:

An experience I hope you get an opportunity to have is:

When you encounter hardship, I hope you will remember: